Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ommateum: With Doxology: Poems” as Want to Read:
Ommateum: With Doxology: Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ommateum: With Doxology: Poems

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This reissue of A. R. Ammons’s debut, published five decades ago in a rare edition, with its penetrating “Whitmanian chants . . . holds in it the mystery of his gradual development into a major American poet, who will be read by the most discerning until the last syllable of recorded time” (Harold Bloom).
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ommateum, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ommateum

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
G.D. Master
Jun 25, 2015 G.D. Master rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All poets and Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman fans
Ommateum is one of the most unique and syntactically important works of poetry ever produced. Many modern or twenty-first century poets attempt to create unrhymed poetry with white space as indentation and between lines and stanzas. For all their continuous efforts, none have come close to Ammons. His first publication, Ommateum, has 30 numbered and untitled poems with no punctuation. While lack of punctuation is nothing new, Ammons is able to create a literary and grammatical experience without ...more
David Harbilas
Jan 14, 2008 David Harbilas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long unavailable, except as partially reprinted in his Collected Poems 1951-1971, Ammons's first book of poems (which he self-published) feels like the work of a fully mature artist. The poems don't wear their influence heavily, though it's clear he was an admirer of Emerson and Whitman, and in many ways may be a better example of an orracular voice than later poems, including Garbage. My favorite poem is still the very first:

So I said I am Ezra
and the wind whipped my throat
gaming for the sounds
...more
Matt
Oct 01, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The republication (several years ago) of A.R. Ammons' first published poem, Ommateum, should excite long-time Ammons loyalists and new poets alike. Ommateum presents a dialogue between the poem's narrator, named Ezra, and the wind. Yes, the wind. While Ammons' poetic style here is very different from his later works, this poem--which Ammons self published in the early 1950s, to scant notice--really does mark the debut of a stunningly gifted poet. And, though his later work was more widely acclai ...more
Ellie Lynn
"turning a moment to say so long
to the spoken
and seen
I stepped into
the implicit pausing sometimes
on the way to listen to unsaid things"

this short collection holds together as if it were a living soul. Ezra ("so I said I am Ezra/and the wind whipped my throat/gaming for the sounds of my voice") is a real, distinct voice from the first lines, and he is an otherworldly breed of wise and curious in his conversations with the wind, the sun, the eucalyptus. I've never read anything like him (As a w
...more
Ellie
Jan 22, 2016 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"turning a moment to say so long
to the spoken
and seen
I stepped into
the implicit pausing sometimes
on the way to listen to unsaid things"

this short collection holds together as if it were a living soul. Ezra ("so I said I am Ezra/and the wind whipped my throat/gaming for the sounds of my voice") is a real, distinct voice from the first lines, and he is an otherworldly breed of wise and curious in his conversations with the wind, the sun, the eucalyptus. I've never read anything like him (As a w
...more
Abraham
Apr 23, 2010 Abraham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Ammons' first, self-published book brings one back to one's early twenties, when poetry seemed a medium well-suited to the certainty that one had the key to the vision of the real world. These poems are ecstatic and visionary, highly declarative and determined. There are some fantastic lines here, but I grew tired of reading these, just as I imagine that I might grow tired of reading my own first writing. It is wonderful to have a window onto the complexity and visionary power of the poet in his ...more
Zain Raza
Zain Raza rated it really liked it
Sep 20, 2013
Tim
Tim rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2007
Michelle
Michelle rated it really liked it
Nov 04, 2016
Cheers1836
Cheers1836 rated it it was amazing
Oct 15, 2012
M
M rated it really liked it
Jun 03, 2009
Teresa Choe
Teresa Choe rated it really liked it
Dec 07, 2014
Chris Schaeffer
Chris Schaeffer rated it really liked it
Jun 22, 2009
Anneliese
Anneliese rated it it was amazing
Dec 13, 2008
Tirzah
Tirzah rated it it was amazing
Jul 19, 2012
Jeremiah Gould
Jeremiah Gould rated it liked it
Jul 23, 2011
Michael
Michael rated it liked it
Oct 29, 2012
Bryan
Bryan rated it really liked it
Jan 07, 2013
Kristina Darling
Kristina Darling rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2008
Emily
Emily rated it liked it
Nov 22, 2009
melanie
melanie rated it really liked it
Aug 14, 2012
S
S rated it it was amazing
Dec 09, 2007
christopher
christopher rated it really liked it
Aug 28, 2007
Brad Hawley
Brad Hawley rated it really liked it
Aug 05, 2015
Zoe Luhtala
Zoe Luhtala rated it it was amazing
Jan 18, 2010
Douglas
Douglas rated it really liked it
Aug 20, 2007
Aaron
Aaron rated it liked it
Dec 01, 2009
Cooper Renner
Cooper Renner rated it liked it
Feb 11, 2010
Andrew
Andrew rated it it was amazing
Mar 29, 2009
Steven
Steven rated it it was amazing
Aug 05, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
73601
Archie Randolph Ammons was born outside Whiteville, North Carolina, on February 18, 1926. He started writing poetry aboard a U. S. Navy destroyer escort in the South Pacific. After completing service in World War II, he attended Wake Forest University and the University of California at Berkeley.

His honors included the Academy's Wallace Stevens Award, the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost M
...more
More about A.R. Ammons...

Share This Book